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The Best Movies of 2013: #65 – #51

January 28, 2014

Alrighty then! 22 down, 65 to go. For those just joining us, here’s what you missed:

Day 1: #85 – #66

Now, where were we…?

65. Resolution
Intriguing premise that went off in a really weird direction for some reason.

64. From Up on Poppy Hill
Probably the only time I’ll ever say this, but it would have been better if it hadn’t been anime.

63. Trance
It’s no Shallow Grave, but it was fun to see Danny Boyle do a throwback for once.

62. Mama (Full Review)
Eerie stuff that, surprisingly, didn’t keep shooting itself in the foot like I totally expected it to.

61. Stoker
Some really great direction and use of inference here, just wish the characters hadn’t felt so damn stiff.

60. Warm Bodies (Full Review)
For a genre that’s starting to wear out its welcome, this right here was a welcome change of pace.

59. The Place Beyond the Pines (Full Review)
Still find myself thinking about this one every now and again, although it’s amazing how one weak character can really take the wind out of a movie.

58. Welcome to Pine Hill (Full Review)
Understated to the point where it hardly even felt like a movie, which is a good thing. Just wish there was a bit more closure to tie it all together.

57. Electrick Children (Full Review)
Mormons, music and Billy Zane. Not a bad formula, folks.

56. Drug War
A solid, gun-toting cop thriller. Easily the lamest review of this entire list, but that about sums it up for me.

55. Star Trek Into Darkness (Full Review)
Lackluster ending, overly familiar and it’s certainly no Star Trek, but it was a fun two hours all the same.

54. Inside Llewyn Davis
Great music, great cast, can’t argue that it had a lot of things going for it. So why’s it sitting at No. 54? Let me put it this way: you know how your impression of Catcher in the Rye changes when you read at different periods of your life? That’s kinda where I’m at with Llewyn Davis. Story, characters and humor just didn’t resonate like I was hoping they would. Doesn’t mean it’s not deserving of praise, doesn’t mean I won’t be revisiting it in a few years.

53. Evil Dead (Full Review)
Does kinda fall apart towards the end, but, man, was this a good ol’ time at the theater.

52. The Silence
As chilling as it is encompassing, even in respect to its title. Quite the downer though.

51. Europa Report
Thanks to Gravity, it was destined to be overshadowed. And while it’s certainly no Gravity, it was darn good for what it was. Bonus points for Sharlto Copley’s performance. Dude needed this one after that bearded nonsense in Elysium.

And that’ll do it for Day 2, folks. Catch you on the flipside. Word to your mother.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2014 4:00 am

    Some more interesting picks dude.

  2. January 28, 2014 4:22 am

    Oooo two of my favourites are up here, The Place Beyond the Pines and Inside Llewyn Davis! Agree with the horrors though, shameful year!

  3. January 28, 2014 8:06 am

    Great list. Llewyn Davis might deserve a higher slot, but I totally agree on Frances Ha and The Place Beyond the Pines.

  4. January 28, 2014 12:47 pm

    Europa Report was junk, but I like the inclusion of Frances Ha here. It seemed like your type of movie and I knew that you would have at least taken a liking to it. But as for Llewyn Davis, I have this to say to you: Give it time and keep on thinking about it. Eventually, with time, you’ll start to like it a bit more, piece by piece. Happened to me, and it possibly could happen to you, my friend. Besides that, like all of the inclusions! Keep it up, brotha!

  5. Tom permalink
    January 29, 2014 5:10 am

    And word to yours! 😀 Great list here. This is fun to read.

  6. January 29, 2014 11:48 pm

    Heh, had the same reaction to Resolution.

    I couldn’t stand Mama. For me, that was the worst film of the year. Well, except for Movie 43, but I couldn’t even make it through all of that.

    I’m with you on Evil Dead. That was a hell of a lot more fun than I expected.

    • January 30, 2014 8:21 am

      Yeah, Resolution. That was…interesting.

      Hahaha. Well I’m glad it was better than Movie 43, which I’m amazed to hear you attempted.

      And Evil Dead was a blast, right? Makes me wish I’d seen the original Evil Deads in packed theaters.


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